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RESEARCH & PRESERVATION SPECIALIST I

Conservator

Recruitment #17-005408-0001

Introduction

THIS IS AN INTERNAL RECRUITMENT FOR JEFFERSON PATTERSON PARK & MUSEUM and MARYLAND HISTORICAL TRUST EMPLOYEES ONLY  

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

Jefferson Patterson Park 10515 Mackall Road St. Leonard, MD  20685

Main Purpose of Job

The Research & Preservation Specialist I/Conservator examines and documents objects, performs analytical tests, prepares treatment proposals, performs conservation treatments including mechanical and chemical treatment, package or mount artifacts for transport, storage or display, and submits full reports of all activities, thus fulfilling contractual obligations and providing revenue generation for the Conservation Program of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

POSITION DUTIES

Conservation Surveys

  • Carry out condition and conservation surveys for Federal Collections submitted to the MAC Lab by the Federal Curator

Documentation and Photography

  • Record technical information into the conservation database for the purpose of producing Conservation Reports for external clients and JPPM collections.
  • Take before and after treatment photographs as part of the Conservation Report submittal. 

Artifact Treatment

  • Carry out passive and interventive conservation treatments, including but not limited to mechanical cleaning, desalination, structural fills, environmental packaging and reconstruction.
  • Ensure that all work is performed in compliance with the American Institute of Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.  

Technical Monitoring

  • Perform quantitative tests throughout chemically interventive treatments such as vacuum freeze drying, desalination and PEG impregnation.

 X-radiography/Analytical Testing

  • X-ray artifacts in conjunction with conservation surveys of Federal collections or as needed to perform specific conservation treatments.
  • Perform material characterization tests to assist archaeologists and curators in their research of artifacts or to identify materials for the purpose of determining appropriate conservation treatments.

Client Interaction

  • Correspond with clients to determine conservation needs and to develop appropriate conservation strategies.
  • Keep client up to date regarding treatment progress and developments.    

 

Package or mount artifacts for transport, storage or display.

    

General lab maintenance.

 

Assist with JPPM sponsored events.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  Applicant must have a degree in the conservation of Objects, from an accredited conservation degree program.  Current students seeking a minimum 12-month internship either post-graduate or as a graduation requirement, are eligible. 

Experience:  None

Notes:

1. Equivalent work experience of two years practical conservation of archeological materials maybe excepted in lieu of a conservation degree. 

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The applicant should be able to lift 50 pounds, work on ladders or in crouching positions, have experience with taking and processing photographs, and experience with computers operating the Windows Office Suite (Work, Excel and Access), or other equivalent computer software programs.  Prior training in health and safety and the use of lifting and moving equipment is desired.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

This is an Internal Recruitment for Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum and Maryland Historical Trust employees only.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS

The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If on-line application process is not available, you may submit a paper application, supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

ATTN: Chris Langley

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Recruitment #17-005408-0001

 

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application. 

 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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